OEMs have always been shy of offering 2 GB RAM for as low as under 10,000 INR. RAM is indeed essential to smooth Android experience, especially in the long run. Before 2014 a 2GB RAM was even rare for under 20,000 INR, but in 2014 we saw manufacturers succumb to competition and offering more RAM even in budget Android phones. If you are looking for 2 GB RAM in your next smartphone without breaking the bank, here are a few options.

YU Yureka

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To compete with Xiaomi and other Chinese manufacturers, Micromax launched its first YU branded smartphone Yureka, based on a similar revenue model. YU Yureka offers high end specs and a 5.5 Inch HD display for a modest price of 8,999 INR.

It is also the lowest priced smartphone with a 64 bit chipset, i.e. Snapdragon 615 octa core clocked at 1.5 GHz with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The handset is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat based Cyanogen OS, while other features include 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front shooter and a 2500 mAh battery.

Key Specs

Model Micromax Yureka
Display 5.5 inch, HD
Processor 1.5 GHz Octa Core Snapdragon 615
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat based Cyanogen
Camera 13 MP/ 5 MP
Battery 2,500 mAh
Price Rs 8,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

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Xiaomi Redmi Note and Redmi Note 4G are other good value for money smartphones launched in 2014. Redmi Note 4G is present available via weekly flash sales and from Airtel stores.  Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G powered by 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 will soon be available in India for 9,999 INR.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note features a 5.5 Inch HD display while other features include 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, MicroSD card support, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera and a 3100 mAh battery.

Key Specs

Model Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
Display 5.5 inch, HD
Processor 1.6 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable up to 64 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat based MIUI
Camera 13 MP/ 5 MP
Battery 3,100 mAh
Price Rs 9,999

Asus Zenfone 5

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Asus Zenfone 5 is one of the best smartphones retailing under 9,999 INR. It has a very good 8 MP rear shooter paired with a 1.6 GHz dual core Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 2 GB RAM and 8 GB/16 GB internal storage. The 5 inch display sports 720p HD resolution and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 on top.

Other features include 2110 mAh battery, 64 GB microSD card support and admirable body design. Asus Zenfone 5 is available on flipkart starting from 9,999 INR.

Key Specs

Model Asus Zenfone 5
Display 5 Inch , HD
Processor 1.6 GHz Dual Core
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB/ 16 GB, Expandable
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Upgradable
Camera 8 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 2110 mAh
Price 9,999 INR/ 12,999 INR (Buy Now)

Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus

Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus was launched in early 2014 and this 5 Inch Full HD display smartphone is now selling for just 9,999 INR on Snapdeal. Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus with Android 4.4 KitKat is powered by 1.7 GHz octa core processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.

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Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus comes with a 16 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera. Other features include G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Android 4.4 KitKat and 2000 mAh battery.

Key Specs

Model Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus
Display 5 inch, Full HD
Processor 1.7 GHz octa core processor
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera 16 MP/8 MP
Battery 2100 mAh
Price Rs 9,999

Micromax Canvas Turbo

Micromax Canvas Turbo which is slightly old now, but is still a decent smartphone available for 9,299 INR on Flipkart. Though there are better options available with better chipset, Micromax Canvas Turbo can be considered if you are looking for 2 GB RAM and aren’t convinced with any of the options listed above.

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Micromax Canvas Turbo is powered by 1.5 GHz MT6595 with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage. Other features include 13 MP camera, 5 MP front camera and a 2000 mAh battery.

Key Specs

Model Micromax Canvas Turbo
Display 5 inch, Full HD
Processor 1.5 GHz quad  core processor
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera 13 MP/5 MP
Battery 2000 mAh
Price Rs 8,999

Conclusion

10,000 INR is a good budget for an Android smartphone today. The situation will get even better in the year ahead. Since most people tend to change smartphones in couple of years and since the performance to price ratio is so much better for around 10,000 INR, smartphone adoption will exponentially increase in this price segment.

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